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Hunting in Arizona: 3 Animals To Hunt in the Winter

By    |   Wednesday, 20 May 2015 12:39 PM

Arizona, a popular place for hunting in the winter due to its high year-round temperatures, has laws and regulations that determine when hunters may take certain species.

The state regulates how many of a species of game animals hunters may take per year, holds drawings for which hunters with licenses will be allowed to take part in a hunt, and provides laws for safety during hunting seasons.

This list includes just a few of the species that are available in the winter season for hunting in Arizona.

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1. Bobcat
Easily distinguished from other big cats in Arizona by its unique coloring and the small tufts on its ears, the Arizona bobcat is one of the species that is in season during the winter for hunting in Arizona. The Arizona Game & Fish Department reported a record high take of 9,500 bobcats in 1980. However, since the value of a bobcat pelt has fallen and the state made it illegal to place foothold traps on public land, the average take annually is now about 3,000 to 2,000 from hunting and 1,000 from trapping.

2. Fox
The Arizona Game & Fish Department lists three species of fox that are legal to hunt in Arizona in the winter: the red fox, kit fox and gray fox. Hunters take more gray foxes each winter than any other species, because of their high activity during the day. Red foxes mainly are seen on the Navajo Indian Reservation, so the state does not document how many are hunted. The kit fox is nocturnal, but their fur is of little value. Average annual take is approximately 3,500 foxes total.

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3. Quail
Although Arizona is home to five species of quail, the Arizona Game & Fish Department only reports three that are actively hunted: Gambel’s, scaled and Mearns. Bag limits and season dates vary annually for each species, but quail hunting is a popular pastime in Arizona. Quail hunting is especially fun, rewarding, and successful with a dog, as quail are more visible and easily hunted in the desert when a dog is pursuing it.

A more comprehensive list of species in season for hunt in Arizona can be found on the Arizona Game & Fish Department website.

This article is for information only. Please check current regulations before hunting.

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